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Guide students through the process of writing hilarious humor with these writing activities.

Master Class
Help students focus on key writing skills with these interactive and printable exercises developed with examples from student writing and classic literature.

Student Author
Jenna Maxwell, Age 18
Hear Jenna Maxwell read an excerpt from her award-winning story“Just Face It” in this interactive mini-lesson that focuses on the fundamentals of humor writing.
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  Extend on this Master Class by studying Hitting the Funny Bone with S.J. Perelman
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Writing Process
Guest Teacher
Carly Nicholson
Middle school teachers: Read "Humor Writing: Getting Students Started in Creating Their Own Laughs," a guest teacher lesson by Carly Nicholson.

High school teachers: Read "A Lesson on Self-Humor," a guest teacher lesson by Carly Nicholson.
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Lessons from Literary Cavalcade

Use these resources from Scholastic’s Literary Cavalcade magazine to help your students write humorous pieces.

Here are some favorites:
Tricked by David Sedaris (PDF)
Hitting the Funny Bone (PDF)
International Reality Consultants Inc. (PDF)

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“Using humor in the classroom does not mean the teacher should necessarily take the role of stand-up comic, standing in front of the class and finding ways to make the students laugh. It does mean we as teachers can guide the students through the study of humor, and eventually to the creation of successful humor pieces.”
—Carly Nicholson, middle school English teacher

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